Another senior figure being threatened is Tory chairman Brandon Lewis, writes Andrew Pierce
The great grassroots backlash has begun. Many Tory and Labour MPs, who constituency activists believe haven’t done enough to honour the Brexit vote, are facing challenges if they are planning to stand at the next General Election.
We already know about revolts against the Tories’ Dominic Grieve and Nick Boles, but it’s said as many as 100 Labour MPs could have to deal with deselection — including Yvette Cooper, a Remainer, and pro-Leave Kate Hoey.
Another senior figure being threatened is Tory chairman Brandon Lewis. The MP for Great Yarmouth voted Remain in the EU referendum, although his constituents produced one of the country’s strongest Leave votes at 72 per cent.
It’s no surprise, therefore, that insurance tycoon Arron Banks, founder of Leave.EU, is planning to stand in the East Anglian coastal seat for Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party.
Banks says he will be the champion of townsfolk furious that the UK’s membership of the EU has almost destroyed their once-thriving fishing industry.
Despite Leave.EU and an insurance company owned by Banks being fined £120,000 by the Information Commissioner last month over breaches in data law, Banks vows he will utilise Leave.EU’s large database to target voters. Great Yarmouth was once so well-known for its herring fleets that it was said it was possible to cross the harbour by walking over trawlers’ decks.
Insurance tycoon Arron Banks, founder of Leave.EU, is planning to stand in the same seat as Conservative Chairman Brandon Lewis. The Great Yarmouth MP voted Remain while his constituency produced one of the country’s strongest Leave votes at 72 per cent
We already know about revolts against the Tories’ Dominic Grieve and Nick Boles, writes Andrew Pierce
Short shrift for Rocker Burgon
Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon has an unusual hobby. He says: ‘I performed a spoken word piece on an album by my friends in a Leeds heavy metal band called Dream Troll.
It was about a battle between dwarves and elves.’ The head-banging lawyer risks outrage from politically correct colleagues who don’t like the use of the word ‘dwarves’, preferring, instead ‘people of restricted growth’.
Labour has posted an advert for a £50,000-a-year Head of Complaints. I have two questions.
First, since it’s a new position, why has there never been need of one before?
Second, why only a three-day window for people to apply? This suggests a classic Labour stitch-up with a preferred candidate already earmarked for the post.
If Robbie Gibb, Theresa May’s beleaguered director of communications, is like his favourite football team, it augurs well for his boss’s Brexit deal.
Leeds came from two-one down on Saturday to win 3-2. Gibb said: ‘We turned it around after all seemed lost. A sign of things to come?’
If only Brexit were so simple.
Despite being expelled by Labour for misconduct after an inquiry into anti-Semitism, Cobynista Jackie Walker is still the BAME (Black Asian and Minority Ethnic) representative on the Leftie Labour Representation Committee.
Why hasn’t committee president and Corbyn sidekick John McDonnell chucked her out?
Despite being expelled by Labour for misconduct after an inquiry into anti-Semitism, Cobynista Jackie Walker is still the BAME (Black Asian and Minority Ethnic) representative on the Leftie Labour Representation Committee, writes Andrew Pierce
Who says the Lords, average age 70, is out of touch?
Hereditary Tory Lord Geddes, 81, asked in a debate: ‘Would the Minister explain what an “algorithm” is. Do I need to be worried?’
Culture Minister Lord Ashton of Hyde sighed and replied: ‘They are used mainly by computers for calculations, machine learning and artificial intelligence.’
They’ll be asking to be informed what the internet and Twitter are next.
Barclay, the absentee tenant
Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay isn’t making the most of the 17th-century grace-and-favour country retreat he shares as a perk of the job with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox. In fact, he has not even visited the 115-room Chevening mansion in Kent.
Given the extremely short life expectancy of Brexit ministers — he is the third in less than three years — perhaps the only time he will get to use it will be to throw his leaving party.
Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay isn’t making the most of the 17th-century grace-and-favour country retreat Chevening mansion in Kent, writes Andrew Pierce